Our Story

Many years ago, when I was still a very shy young lady, God began providing opportunities for me to realize that I loved making guests feel special with beautiful, comfortable surroundings, and delicious food. Thistlewood Manor was built out of this love. While we have been planning and dreaming of something towards this end for many years, God was working His plan, and when the time was right, He made everything come together to create this incredible place. Our continued desire, as we continue to grow, is to share our hospitality and help make people feel special in what is truly a beautiful space.

A wedding is a wonderful event created by God,

…as a man shall leave his father and his mother, and be joined to this wife; and they shall become one flesh. — Genesis 2:24

which involves not only a special couple, but also the families and friends as they come alongside to support them in their new venture. Jesus even performed His first miracle at a wedding – as I like to think, “to keep the celebration going!”

On this memorable day of two becoming one, new families and friendships are being created. It should be a special celebration! We are now entering our third year of being ‘open for business.’ Wow! It has simply been amazing to partake in this process. It has been difficult, some of the most difficult years ever, but also very rewarding. I can hardly wait to see what is coming next. We are grateful to the many brides and grooms and families who have trusted us and allowed us to be part of their special day – a wedding day!! Their testimonies of praise are very humbling and often bring tears of joy. It has truly been an honor to serve these couples, and the many others who have celebrated here.

“We got SO many compliments on how beautiful our reception was. My favorite part was getting to walk down the grand staircase, I truly felt like a princess! The owner, Tricia, is such a sweetheart! She made sure that we were satisfied and ready for the big day, she was always so quick to respond to our questions and made us feel very happy and comfortable with our decision! I 100% recommend this venue”  Dinah, 2016 FB

Of course, we are still growing, always planting something new, dreaming of some new project or better way to serve our brides and their guests.  So keep watching; the best is yet to come.

Please let my family welcome you to Thistlewood Manor.  Our baby daughter was the first to marry here, so here you see most of our children and grandchildren.

Tricia & Paul Kurtz

Our Family and the first Thistlewood Wedding

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  • Our Team

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    Tricia Kurtz

    Owner/Head Chef
    I love serving. Generally, I prefer being in the  background making sure the food is great or the guests are served, the place is beautiful, organizing, etc. My background is varied with degrees in Accounting and Culinary Arts plus a Wedding Planning Certificate.  I’ve worked as CPA, homeschooled my children, and served on many committees through the years.  My experience also includes being a waiter, prep cook, caterer, and planning/coordinating weddings, retreats, and more.  These opportunities are just part of the amazing path that God has led our family through to open Thistlewood Manor. But the reward is seeing happy people around “my table.”  Thistlewood Manor is “my table.”  You are my guests.  It is my pleasure to serve you and help make your day or event wonderful.

    “She [Tricia] uses the finest ingredients and really enjoys preparing and serving. She listens well to what the need is, then is able to suggest the best option, and works hard to meet the need.” -Tahrea Smith, June 2014 via Facebook
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    Leslie Hayes

    Client Relations/ Coordinator
    The wedding industry has always been the job I have been drawn to. My professional experience started out with selling wedding gowns. While working as a wedding dress consultant I received two degrees in Fashion Merchandising and Fashion Design. I have always loved designing and planning. After graduating college I decided to merge the two industries and started coordinating and designing weddings with my family. Since then I have had ten years experience coordinating weddings, creating intricate floral designs and executed astonishing ballroom layouts. I thoroughly enjoy getting to know my bride and groom. It is an honor to take part with their family on this magical occasion. I find nothing more gratifying than helping them plan, design, coordinate, and accomplish their dream wedding. Providing my bridal party with exemplary service is the heart and soul of my job as the coordinator here at Thistlewood.  
    "Leslie did an outstanding job coordinating the event and she nailed Amanda’s style–from the table settings to the flower arrangements. She also flawlessly executed the wedding timeline. It was wonderful having her in the background" -Toni, November 2016 via AWS
  • Raves & Reviews

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    Getting married at Thistlewood Manor was a dream come true for us! Working with Tricia and Leslie made all the difference. They truly exceeded my expectations in everything. You know you’re working with the right people when they make wedding planning AND your special day a breeze! The food was phenomenal. The flower arrangements were […]
    What a stunning venue this is! Absolutely breathtaking.
    -February 2017
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    Leslie and Tricia are amazing! They are super open, helpful and accommodating! Especially helpful for clueless brides like myself! The venue is gorgeous, and the packages are very fair!
    Leslie and Tricia are amazing!
    Hayley- Feb 2017
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    Tricia and Leslie are nothing short of fantastic! All the accommodations, and professionalism is worth well more than the cost. The wait staff amazed my family and I with their respect and responsiveness.
    I highly recommend Thistlewood Manor to everyone!
    John W.- Feb 2017
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    They really have the most beautiful venue and amazing packages for the price! As a wedding coordinator myself, they exceeded expectations on everything- they coordinated and helped plan, they did my florals and linens, they did the food (guests were raving for ages) and beverages as well. I couldn’t have asked for better service!
    They exceeded expectations!
    Jessica J- Feb 2017
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    We cannot express our appreciation for all that Tricia and Leslie did to ensure our wedding was beautiful and memorable! Their special touch in the decorations and food added a unique touch that we will forever cherish in our hearts! We highly recommend Thistlewood Manor to all our family and friends.
    We are internally grateful
    Nancy Cantu- December 2016
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    Absolutely love and adore Thistlewood Manor! I highly recommend anyone looking for a venue to check it out! I recently got married and had my reception here and I have no regrets at all. The whole venue is beautiful, from the gardens outside to the grand staircase inside! Our photographer had more then enough beautiful […]
    I 100% recommend this venue to my family, friends
    Dinah Lee Medrano - Dec 2016
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    Leslie did an outstanding job coordinating the event and she nailed Amanda’s style–from the table settings to the flower arrangements. She also flawlessly executed the wedding timeline. It was wonderful having her in the background gently guiding the kids from one thing to the next. We received so many complements about her and how she […]
     The wedding was perfect.
    Toni - Nov 2016
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    This venue is absolutely stunning! My husband and I were married here in October. Everything was perfect and we had such a great time. Our guest are still talking about our wedding and how beautiful Thistlewood is. We captured so many beautiful pictures. Tricia and Leslie were great. They made sure our day was perfect.
    We will never forget what an amazing day we had!
    Rochelle Earls -Nov 2016
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    I recently got married here and it was perfect! Tricia and Leslie are truly outstanding. They worked well with me on every detail and made sure everything went smoothly. Every aspect from food to flower arrangements was phenomenal. I was thoroughly impressed all night. Our guests were satisfied as well.
    I only have great things to say about this venue!
    Amanda Ericsson -October 2016
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    Not only did Tricia make amazing food, but went out of her way to accommodate our non traditional wedding. Leslie was more than helpful every step as the months and weeks passed by. Most brides are stressed the week of and the day of, I didn’t have that experience because of them.
    More beautiful and fun than I ever could have dreamed of.
    Tabitha Westfall -October 2016
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    I can not say enough how fabulous and wonderful this venue is. Leslie and Trisha were fantastic to work with, and they really made my dreams come true for my wedding. Everything they put together as a venue was perfect. The ease of having the ceremony on site, in front of a gorgeous church face, […]
    Made my dreams come true
    Jaclyn Fernandez Jones -August 2016
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    After an extensive search for venues in the Austin area, I discovered Thistlewood Manor just south in Kyle. I was looking for a venue with a very elegant, romantic feel, and this was THE MOST beautiful one I found. The bridal room to get ready provides an absolutely gorgeous backdrop for photos with the furniture and […]
    Highly, highly recommended!
    Mary B. - June 2016
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    My wife and I had a wonderful wedding planning experience with Thistlewood. Tricia and Leslie went out of their way to make sure that we got everything we wanted on our wedding day. It was PERFECT. We couldn’t have asked for more. The property is gorgeous inside and out. The staff is extremely courteous and […]
    Excellent wedding venue. Thank you Thistlewood!
    Joseph Jones - June 2016
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    My experience with this venue was nothing but perfect! I loved my experience from the day I first toured the venue to when I left it on my wedding day. Tricia and Leslie were great at answering all my questions promptly and really worked with my ideas for my wedding. They were so cooperative and […]
    I would recommend this venue to anyone who wants an elegant wedding and wants to work with amazing people.
    Johanna Zambrano -December 2015
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    “I attended a Kyle Chamber event at Thistlewood last Thursday. Trisha & her staff were gracious & friendly! The grounds are well kept and she told use she had plans to improve them even more. Congratulations to Trisha & her team on her beautiful new adventure!”
    Trisha and her staff were gracious and friendly
    Karen Pappas
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    “Gorgeous venue!! Tricia is an absolute delight to work with”
    Gorgeous venue!!
    Candace Powell
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    “Thistlewood is a beautiful venue and a great option as a place to get married! I got married here on May 24, the day right after really bad rain and flooding happened in the area. I miraculously was still able to have my dream garden wedding and all of my vendors had no problem getting to […]
    I highly recommend getting married here
    Stephanie K - May 2015
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    “What a beautiful new venue! … We really love the style of the venue because there’s nothing much like it in the area – it’s a stately manor with a gorgeous winding staircase for the bride and groom to make their grand entrance, bright cream colored marble floors, tall ceilings and huge chandeliers. The outdoor area […]
    There’s nothing much like it in the area
    - Cheryl Bailey 2015
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    “With the help of her onsite coordinator, Tricia made our day 100% perfect… I would absolutely go back.”
    Made our day 100% perfect
    Brandi - April 2015
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    “My wedding this passed [12/17/2014] weekend was magical! Everything was beautiful and so much more than I ever expected! I’m so very glad I chose this venue, I will cherish the memories made there for a lifetime!”
    So much more than I ever expected!
    Sarah K -December 2014
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    “I had my wedding here back in October, although the venue was not completely finished for my wedding, you really couldn’t tell! We had the most magical day! Walking down the grand stair case and seeing all our guests, it was so much fun and oh so beautiful! Our guests still talk about our wedding! […]
    We had the most magical day!
    Sarah Hall
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    “My wife and I were married here back in October. It was absolutely beautiful! They have done so much work getting Thistlewood looking fantastic. This place is a real hidden gem, and I would advise anyone who checks it out to not mark it off at first glance, they can make some real magic happen.”
    They can make some real magic happen
    David Hall
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    “My husband and I had our wedding at Thistlewood on March 7, 2015. Tricia was very easy to work with and always responded quickly. She was very accommodating and made sure that we had everything we wanted for our wedding day. Although the landscaping in the front of the venue was not complete at the […]
    Elegant, beautiful location outside of Austin
    Anna Poe - June 2015
  • About Us

    Looking for an Extraordinary setting for your wedding Celebration? If timeless Elegance is in your dreams, look no further than Thistlewood Manor. This gorgeous ballroom with its grand staircase, amazing chandeliers, and marble-like floors make it a magical place for your wedding reception.

  • Contact Info

    Our Location:
    1520 Roland Lane
    Kyle, TX 78640
    Phone: (512) 268-1900
    Email: info@thistlewoodmanor.com